April 3, 2019 Subject:
End of 3-day run at the Wang with a notable second set sequence
Any show with a Mind Left Body and a Nobody's Fault seems to get attention, but turns out this is not a, say, Top 20 show from '73 overall (two nights before is the best of this run). Nonetheless, the second set sequence-piece makes the show notable, and it indeed delivers. Most of this night is on Dick's #14, which gave the run a much-needed sonic update from what circulated at the time. Donna skipped this tour and there are some out of tune guitars in places, yet, still...
First set. Not exactly lively; slowwww tempos. The Beat it on Down the Line-0 (yup, zero) dumps into a dirge-like Dire Wolf - if you wanna see why this song needs to be spry... Overall, Bobby wasn't the one who was on during this run; chiefly due to vox problems. He really perks though on the absolute aces Big River, and when Jer catches fire on Brown-Eyed Women.
2nd Set. Bobby's great in Wharf Rat and the first half of this set is total X-factor. There's a drop-dead segue into Mississippi Uptown. Playin' gets better and better and the jam is unlike the period (very late-'70s-ish). This might be the type-example for the Mind Left Body section. (Into) He's Gone: a little sluggish but check how each player adds something cool. A great Truckin' includes a Nobody's Fault jam that's bluesy and busy. Jer floats New Speedway but doesn't land it (though he does get the Stella he backed away from earlier). The rest is okay but the Morning Dew that closes the run is even better than the one that opened.
1st Set: C 2nd Set: A-
Overall = 3½ Stars
Brown-Eyed Women - Jer is the man of the 1st set
Big River - nailed; tour's best
Wharf Rat>Mississippi>Playing>MLB>He's Gone>Truckin' - sequence of frissons
Morning Dew - tandem bookend of run seals it
SOURCES: DiP14 has seven from the first set and the entire second set, where it interrupts the peak meat with a disc change. It also puts Big River on Disc 1 (in the middle of the 1st set from 11/30). Though it needs -1.5% pitch, the clugston_4733 then sounds great.
May 19, 2015 Subject:
They say that when your ship comes in...
I just love the absolute mellowness here.
Rain and Snow opener! A killer Dire Wolf (best version I have heard outside 1970)
"Anything you want to play!!!"Ramble ON Rose
BIG RIVER!!! And short kind DEAL (they are flying high!!!) How beautiful is the WEATHER REPORT
Great vocals, Great jamming.
Let it Grow packs a big punch for 9 minutes!
How can I tell if the band is ON??
How about they are so loose they open with Wharf Rat for Set Two
Might be one of my all time favorite 1/2 steps. Jerry is all over the lyrics with depth, the piano is beautiful. Jerry does strain on the high notes in places but in his prime that is not even an issue here.
When they hit the Rio Grande it is so smooth. What a great climax.
The Rio Grande jam is very nice as well and they just gently roll into 'Playing' as Bobby calls out the time...
Only thing missing here is Donna Jean.
This is a full Space jam inside of P.I.T.B
Mind Left Body Jam -> Jam -> He's Gone ->
Truckin' -> Nobody's Fault But Mine Jam ->
(I like they just jam the Nobodies Fault)
Stella Blue is a very good ballad to pretty much close set two and if you are not a giant puddle already--- 2 encores without leaving the stage
(Man they hang on to the end of Sugar Magnolia for a few long seconds before hitting the SSD.)
Morning Dew.- Freakin' speechless.
What a show!!!